How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely

 On Monday, August 21, 2017 Lincoln, NE will be in the path of the solar eclipse.  The moon will cover at least part of the sun for 2 to 3 hours.  The moon will completely block the sun's bright face for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds depending on where you are located in the path.  Here are four ways to safely view a solar eclipse according to the American Astronomical Society.

1.  Use approved solar eclipse viewers.  The only safe way to view a partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses" or viewers that meet international standard ISO 12312-2 for safe viewing.  Sunglasses, smoked glass, unfiltered telescopes or maginfiers, and polarizing filters are UNSAFE. 

2.  Technique of the pros.  Before looking at the sun, cover your eyes with the eclipse viewer while standing still.   Do not remove the filter while looking at the sun. Glance at the sun, turn away and then remove your filter.

3. Totality awesome.  Only witin the path of totality-and once the moon completely blocks the sun-can eclipse viewers safely be removed to view totality.  Once the sun begins reappearing, however, viewers must be put on again.

4.  Visit your optometrist.   If you should experience discomfort or vision problems following the eclipse, call our office at 402.466.0165 for a comprehensive eye examination. 

For more information about the eclipse, its path, and timing, visit eclipse.aas.org, or eclipse2017.nasa.gov.